Category Archives: The Business of Writing

The Emotionally Intelligent Writer

I’m a psychologist, so I like to believe there are a set of characteristics that can predict author success. Sure, like any subset of the population—and I’m going to define ‘successful authors’ as those who generate a full-time income from … Continue reading

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Using Writing Sprints for Consistent Results

We’re far enough out from New Year’s that our excitement over making and meeting writing goals may have waned, and we find ourselves slacking. You know what can help boost your output? Writing sprints. Whether you choose a goal based … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus 200,000 Book Milestone Giveaway (Last Day!)

It’s rather mind-blowing to know there’s 200,000 Emotion Thesaurus books are out there in the world so of course Becca and I wanted to run a giveaway! Have you entered yet? We’re drawing for several signed sets of The Emotion … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus SUPER FAN Contest

So, recently something nifty happened: we sold our 200,000th Emotion Thesaurus book. 200,000! We’re completely awestruck. When Becca and I started this journey, we talked about what success would look like for The Emotion Thesaurus. After gnawing on the question … Continue reading

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On The Quest for Knowledge, Writers Must Show Courage

When we step onto the writing path, we know there will be a lot to learn. We see the mountain ahead and sure, it’s intimidating. But hey, we’re head over heels for story, in love with the author’s dream, and … Continue reading

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Can Writers Get an MFA Experience Without the Expense of College?

In many ways, writers are lucky. Our community has many knowledgeable people to help us learn and grow so we can turn our writing into a sustainable career. One of the most generous and innovative people Becca and I know … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Maintain Book Buzz While Writing and Managing Post-Pub Life

All writers know it’s a challenge to keep our book in the spotlight after the rush of a book launch has passed. Author Lizbeth Meredith passes on 5 suggestions to focus on as you work on your next book. For … Continue reading

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Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow?

How should I distribute my books? Do I stick with one marketplace and possibly limit my options, or do I diversify and risk spreading myself too thin? These are questions every author struggles with. Dave Chesson is here to discuss … Continue reading

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Build Your Writing Career By Investing In the Right Help

One question we are asked to weigh in on is whether an MFA in creative writing is worth the investment. After all, an MFA is a huge commitment and can be costly so writers should investigate thoroughly before jumping in. … Continue reading

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15 (Mostly) Free Tools to DIY Your Self-Published Book

Hi everyone! So happy to welcome writing coach Mandy Wallace to the blog, who has rustled up some great links for anyone looking to Self-Publish. As most writers know, a good set of tools is worth its weight in gold…especially … Continue reading

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